Cloud Swing, a cloud-shaped wheelchair accessible swing set, is now open to the public at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Cloud Swing is designed to inspire a world where public art and play invite and include people of all abilities.

Cloud Swing, designed by Isometric Studio, is part of Mindscapes, an international cultural program organized by Wellcome that aims to support a transformation in how we understand, address and talk about mental health. Rebecca Jacobs, based at the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, has been part of the team behind Cloud Swing through her role as Cultural Lead for Mindscapes New York.

[Cloud Swing video courtesy Isometric Studio.]

Isometric developed Cloud Swing with support from INCLUDEnyc, the most prominent NYC non-profit dedicated to equity and access for young people with disabilities. Trina Hazell, an activist and Ms. Wheelchair New York 2018 began this journey with Isometric during the design development phase of the project, offering helpful advice about safety and comfort.

Cloud Swing Workshop
Cloud Swing Workshop with Trina Hazell, Lauraberth Lima, and Isometric Team members. Image courtesy of Isometric Studio

Cloud Swing is a project two years in the making: multiple proposed locations, accessibility workshops, architectural iterations, safety tests, and one bold idea about joy, play, and design brought to life. You can learn more about the process from our friends at Urban Omnibus here, as part of their Well-Placed series, also developed in collaboration with Dr. Jacobs and graduate students at the CUNY Graduate Center as part of Mindscapes.

Cloud Swing under construction
Cloud Swing under construction at Serrett Metalworks in Brooklyn. Image courtesy of Isometric Studio